NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will pay a two-day visit to Ankara on Sept. 8 and 9 to both show the alliance's support and solidarity with Turkey following the defeated coup attempt on July 15 and to discuss developments in Syria, after the Turkish army launched an incursion into its southern neighbor to fight against jihadists.
NATO is to begin naval patrols and surveillance and intelligence flights in the region, as well as intelligence gathering missions in the Aegean, to stop people smugglers.
"This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees and coping with a very demanding situation," NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said.
NATO has ruled out sending ground troops to fight Islamic State in Syria, the organization's secretary general has said.
"That is not on the agenda of the coalition and the NATO allies. The United States has a limited number of special forces. In the foreground, however, is strengthening local forces. This is not easy, but it's the only option," Jens Stoltenberg said.